From when I booked on line Patrice couldn't have been more helpful. We were collected from the airport and taken to the riad. There we were met by Omar who works for Patrice, we were given mint tea and pastries on arrival which were very nice. By the time we had unpacked Patrice had arrived to talk us through the riad. Beautiful roof terrace for sunbathing and breakfast, our room was probably the smallest but was more than adequate, very clean and showers always nice and hot, free shampoo and shower gel which is handy to know if you're travelling only with hand luggage.
Breakfast was nice simple and varied. Patrice's directions were perfect making it easy to get out to the souks.
The riad offered dinner which although we didn't have always smelt lush !. They also offered traditional hamman spa but again we didn't have this we decided to support other businesses.
The Riad is very quiet, there a only 6 or 7 rooms and even when occupied you don't really see each other.
Location is perfect, it's 15 mins to the main sqaure by the main road but .........could be 2 hours through the souks !!!
I can't comment on other riads but having gone to the new town one night I'd sooner spend my break in the heart of marrekech, not in some modern soulless hotel.
Patrice was always friendly, talkative and interested in your day but wasn't overbearing.
I would definitely return
As for Marrakech it is simply a wonderful place, so much vibrancy and variety. I never really felt unsafe at any point but then again I'm 6'5. Two female travellers may find it overwhelming as some not all locals can be very intimidating. All I would say is two things
1. Never let anyone show you directions 'for free' it's never free, ask a shop for directions if desperate
2. Don't walk anywhere alone at night
3. Barter, barter barter !!!
An honesty bar/fridge would have been ideal, for instance coming back at midnight and wanting a coffee, beer, water or a nightcap would have been ideal. Making a note of what you drank and then settling your bill at the end. Although Omar was around it wasn't every night.
There are no fridges so if you buy your own water there is no where to store it, secondly as the price is high end I would have thought complimentary water would not have been to much to ask
Having said all that I loved it !!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of the Dar El Bacha's old district and very close from the famous Souks, this former house, owned in the past by a big trader of spices, renovated in the respect of the art and moroccan traditions, will become your new address in Marrakesh. Riad Ambre et Epices is a place of interbreeding by its refinement inspired at the same time by the East, Africa and India, all in an authentic Marrakchi atmosphere. Turkish bath, massages, swimming pools / Jacuzzi, terraces and solariums will contribute to your well-being and your relaxation, before joining one of the 11 suites and rooms suggestively decorated by the most important steps of the spices route. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Ambre Et Epices Hotel Marrakech